August 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2016 Boston Family Volunteer Opportunities


August 2016 - Boston

Donation Sorting
The Daily Table
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2 - 5pm
Location: 450 Washington St., Dorchester

The Daily Table receives donations of surplus, excess produce that must be sorted and organized for quality assurance. Volunteers will sort through donations and triage produce for use in the commissary kitchen, for sale on the floor, and for composting. Volunteers may also help in the kitchen with food preparation, packaging and labeling, or preparing and distributing samples in our engagement zone. Plan to be busy and on your feet! By volunteering, you and your family will be helping to address the wastefulness of our food system, and actively contributing to increasing food security and improving diets in Boston.
Ages: Children who can work with supervision are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact:, 617.506.0249. Registration is available online.
Sort & Tag Clothes at Boomerangs
AIDS Action Committee
Date/Time: Saturday, August 13, 1 - 3pm
Location: 1870 Centre St., West Roxbury

Boomerangs is a family of thrift stores owned and operated by the AIDS Action Committee of MA, Inc., New England's leading provider of HIV prevention and wellness services. All proceeds from Boomerangs support AIDS Action's work to prevent new infections, support those affected, and tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers are needed to sort and tag clothes for the various Boomerangs stores.

Ages: Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Family Table Distribution
Jewish Family & Children's Services
Date/Time: Sunday, August 14, 9am - 1:30pm
Location: 1430 Main Street, Waltham

Family Table provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to offer food in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs. Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 400 families each month with groceries and connections to other services. Volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:
  • Set up the pantry
  • Sort food donations
  • Package orders for recipient families
  • Deliver food to recipients
Ages: All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: One to four hours depending on the activity.
Tend the Butterfly Garden
Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 17 and August 31, 8 - 10am
Location: Butterfly garden near SW Corridor Park by Massachusetts Ave.

The Southwest Corridor Park was created with the goal of connecting neighborhoods and providing green space, gardening, sports, playgrounds, pedestrian and bicycle paths, and more to neighborhood residents. Volunteers are needed to help take care of the Butterfly Garden on the SW Corridor Park. Volunteer tasks may include seasonal clean up, weeding, pruning and deadheading butterfly bushes. Other tasks include transplanting and removing unwanted plants and bushes. Wear clothes you can get dirty!
Ages: Children who can work with supervision are encouraged to volunteer
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Franco Campanello, SWCPC President, 617.642.5223,
Back to School Backpack Drive
JFS Metrowest
Date/Time: Monday, August 22, 10am - noon, and Tuesday, August 23, 10am - noon
  • Wellesley Public Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley , August 22
  • Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St, Framingham, August 23
With summer flying by, it's time to start getting ready for the upcoming school year by lending a helping hand to children in the Metrowest area. This is the fifth consecutive year of the Build-a-Backpack event, where the goal is to give away 330 backpacks full of school supplies to families in our community who need them the most. Every year, JFS collects school supplies for children ages five to ten through corporate donations and local supply drives. Volunteers (often families with young children) are asked to bring new backpacks to the event where they stuff them full of school supplies, choosing who the backpack will go to, i.e. 2nd grade girl, 4th grade boy, etc. Then JFS distributes the filled backpacks to the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham as well as the parent information center for the Framingham Public Schools. Please bring a backpack or two with you.

 Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Kayla Hopkins at 508.875.3100 x220 or
Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break
Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Food donations can be delivered to 70 South Bay Ave., Boston. Fill out this form to arrange a drop-off time. Click here for information on making financial contributions.

Most of us look forward to summer's relaxing pace, good food and fun. But, for too many in eastern Massachusetts, summer is no vacation. For thousands of children, summer vacation means they lose the free or reduced-price school meal programs they rely on during the school year. Already tight budgets are squeezed even harder as parents struggle to buy enough healthy food for their families. Last summer, of the more than 400,000 children in Massachusetts eligible for free or reduced price meals, only 14% actually received meals due to the lack of summer feeding programs in our communities. That leaves hundreds of thousands of children that may have to go without. You and your children can make a difference by holding your own Food and Fund Drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank. To raise more money for this important cause, consider a lemonade stand, a bake sale, a neighborhood car wash, or a fundraising party. You can visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser page for more ideas.

 Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 617.427.5200,
Feed Hungry Minds One Book at a Time
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home
As your family gets ready to go back to school, signing up for this unique, monthly, bookish service opportunity will set the stage for a year of learning and kindness. Family-to-Family is a national nonprofit hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the young readers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: One year
Contact: Email with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.
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